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March is full of newsy goodness!

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers!

I am SO EXCITED about March because that means I get to play and sing with She’s Speaking Live…it’s an absolute dream come true!

Here’s our closing number from last year with the ever-powerful First Lady of Portland Blues and Oregon Music Hall of Fame honoree LaRhonda Steele leading us! I can’t believe get to sing with this kick-ass band!!

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We have four very special Shes’ Speaking Live shows we have coming up in March in celebration of Women’s History Month! If you are anywhere near these cities, I hope you’ll join us! And if you are not close by, thank you for cheering us on from afar! If you are interested, there are lots of other ways to get involved! Here is all the info…

Join us for four special evenings of a celebration of women in song! Eight phenomenal Oregon women songwriters backed by a kick-ass band will share original songs inspired by women and pay tribute to some of their musical sheroes. This inspiring collaboration will touch your heart and get your toes tapping while honoring the power of women’s voices and stories.

Started during the shutdown in 2020 by Oregon singer-songwriters Bre Gregg, Kristen Grainger, and Beth Wood, She’s Speaking creates forums/spaces where women’s voices and artistry can be heard by all people.

Featuring…

Arietta Ward, Naomi LaViolette , Liz Chibucos, Lisa Mann, Bre Gregg , LaRhonda Steele , Kristen Grainger , Beth Wood backed by drummer Ward Griffiths and guitarists Dan Gildea and Dan Wetzel. Learn all about our amazing line-up here! 


Sat, March 18 – Lincoln City Cultural Center – Lincoln City, OR. 540 NE Hwy 101. Reserved theatre style seating $25. LCCC Membership Discounts and complimentary tickets will apply. For details, call 541-994-9994. 7 pm. Tickets and info here!

Sun, March 19 – Salem Public Library, Loucks Auditorium – Salem, OR. **Matinee show** 585 Liberty Street Southeast. General admission, no reserved seating. $20 suggested donation (a ticket purchased from this site). 2 pm. Tickets and info here! 

Sat, March 25 – Alberta Rose Theatre – Portland, OR. 3000 NE Alberta.
$25 Advance $30 At the Door. Minors ok with Parent or Guardian. 8 pm. Tickets and info here!

Sun, Marc 26 – River City Theatre – Ilwaco, WA. **Matinee show** 127 Lake St SE. Presented by Peninsula Arts Center. Trio show with Kristen Grainger, Bre Gregg, and Beth Wood. Accompanied by incredible guitarists Dan Gildea (Red Bird) and Dan Wetzel (Kristen Grainger & True North). Seating is limited to 60 people. Reservations: email events@peninsulaartscenter.org, call Bill at 360 901 0962. $20. 4 pm.


Check out this awesome article about our roadshow in the Statesman Journal!

Also here’s a website I created for all things She’s Speaking.

And here’s a fun video we made about our mission and our first ever life concert last year!

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Co-founder Kristen Grainger had this to say in a recent interview: “”We want to be a visible, joyful, strong and compelling example for anyone, not just young girls,” Grainger said. “Young boys need to see important, meaningful contributions to music by women, too.” HECK YES!!!

This collaboration has been an infinite source of joy and inspiration for me! I hope to see you out there at one of these shows!

And if you’d like to keep up with all of my creative works and news, join us here on Patreon!

Yours in joy and in song,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com

BW World Headquarters: bethwoodmusic.com

Join my Patreon here!

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New Year, New Newsy Newsletter!

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers!

Here we are in 2023, can you believe it?! I’m so excited for all the possibility this new year brings!

Lots of fun things are brewing, and I’m excited to tell you all about it! These days I am visioning what I want my year in music and poetry to look like, and much of what I love and treasure about music is already in play! Collaborations, workshops, opportunities to experience music and poetry in community, fun concerts…it’s happening, woop!

I love being an artist/poet/performing singer-songwriter/creative free spirit, and it turns out I also love working a regular part-time job as the Events Coordinator at our town’s beloved Paulina Springs Books! I am so grateful that I get to feel rooted and also spread my wings! My task now is finding and maintaining balance between these parts of me.

BIG GRATITUDE to everyone who came out to our Nature Of Gratitude collaborative event in Eugene and my concert with Halie Loren that followed. What a wonderful spirit lift it was! And thanks to all who joined us for Winter Solstice Restorative Yoga with poetry and music! It was a joy to collaborate with my friend and local yogi Phoenix Reis and to create space for rest and contemplation. More of that please! 🙂

Here’s some fun stuff brewing…

Feb 21 – March 28 – Songwriting In Community: A 6-Week Workshop/Playshop in Sisters, OR! I am honored and thrilled to partner with Sisters Folk Festival to offer this in-person class! We will gather on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 Feb 21 through March 28 at the Sisters ArtWorks JAM studio (204 W. Adams Ave)! We will explore tools for beginnings and engage in wordplay and writing exercises. We’ll refine our awareness in noticing the choices that songwriters make. We will write, share, listen and learn from each other. I LOVE sharing what I have learned and what works for me in songwriting. I love supporting other songwriters in their creative process and in sharing their work. I love what happens when people who love songs gather to geek out about songs! And I believe we have much to learn from working together. Maximum of 12 participants. $150 per person with pay-what-you-can option available. Please holler at me if you have any questions? Click here for more info and to register.

In poetry news, I’m excited to delve more deeply into poetry this year and bring my next book project to light. (Who knows, it might even be two books!) I hope to attend the Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers workshop this summer in Eastern Oregon to study and to meet more writers. And I’m super excited we are hosting our first poetry open mic at the bookstore on Feb 23! We’ll have a wonderful featured poet – Donna Henderson reading from her new work, and also open it up for others to share poems they have written or poems they love. One of my goals is to find more ways to connect through poetry, so I hope to host many more events like this!

In performing news, I’m continuing my collaboration and musical mischief with the She’s Speaking project! As you may remember, friends Bre GreggKristen Grainger and I created She’s Speaking during the shutdown of 2020 with the mission to create forums/spaces where women’s voices and artistry can be heard by all people. We had our first She’s Speaking Live show in November of 2021 and it was incredible!! We blew the roof off that place ha! We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be doing several She’s Speaking Live concerts this March in celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day! These concerts feature eight Oregon women singer-songwriters backed by a killer band to share original songs inspired by women and to pay tribute to some of our musical sheroes. We will be returning to the great Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland along with the Lincoln City Cultural Center, and Loucks Auditorium in Salem. We’re also presenting a small three-songwriter version of She’s Speaking Live with us three founders (Bre Gregg, Kristen Grainger and lil ol me) backed by the incredible Dan Gildea and Dan Wetzel in Ilwaco, WA. Stay tuned for more details. SO MUCH FUN!!

Here’s a video we made after our first She’s Speaking Live concert…

I can’t believe how I lucky I am to get to return to beautiful Lange Winery in April for a concert. And I still LOVE playing house concerts and listening room shows, looking forward to playing a private house concert in Bend this summer and hopefully more. And…my heart is soaring thinking about returning to my beloved Home By Dark in August to make music with my good friends in Georgia at my favorite concert series! I’m looking forward to playing shows that feel delicious, healthy and fun! Check out the events page on my website for all of the latest info.

I’m continuing to host virtual song circles, and our next one will be on January 25. These are great opportunities for sharing, listening, and connecting with other songwriters. Originals and covers and poetry are welcome. You can even come and just listen!! Holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you’d like to join us.


These days my main way to connect with folks through my music and poetry continues to be Patreon. I’m sharing a new video/song and a new poem every month, and this has been so amazing for my writing practice! If you haven’t checked it out yet, I hope you will try something new! I’m doing fewer concerts these days, and most folks don’t buy CDs anymore, so this is a way to offer direct support that helps to keep me going. And hopefully I can bring you some joy/light/beauty in return.

Check out this fun video we made at song camp! Sisters Folk Festival and The Source Weekly teamed up to make a video series called Music On The Metolius, and this episode features Dennis McGregorJustin Farren, and lil ol me having a blast chatting about songwriting and swapping tunes! Check out all of the videos here on their YouTube playlist!

Friends, I’m so grateful to you for walking beside me on my creative journey! I’m being drawn to finding ways to build community and connect around music and poetry, and it feels so energizing! Less about “me, me, me” and more about “you, you, you” and “us, us, us!” I’ve seen the power of creative expression in action, and I believe music belongs to everyone, and we belong to it. Same with poetry. May we all find more belonging and more time for things that light us up!

As always, I love hearing from you. I hope to connect with you soon!

Yours in gratitude and in song,

B

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com

BW World Headquarters: bethwoodmusic.com

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p.s. did you know it would help me A LOT if you would subscribe to my YouTube channel? And it’s totally free! 🙂

May your 2023 be full of rainbows.


Hannah really enjoyed our restorative yoga practice


Here’s wishing you a Happy New Year from us two goofballs!

End of 2022 Newsy Newsletter

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers!

(and thank you, Heaven McArthur for the photo!)

Greetings from snowy Sisters where it feels like we’re living inside a snow-globe! We have tumbled head-first into winter and I’m doing my best to keep up. It’s hard to resist going to bed at 8 pm these days, do ya feel me?

I’ve got some fun things to share! I’ll start with gratitude for Cosy Sheridan and everyone at the Moab Folk Camp! What a wonderful time it was gathering and singing together, swimming in songs and poetry and each other’s company all week in that magical red dirt place. Special thanks to Cosy for believing in me and to Trish and Charlie and all of the support staff and instructors and campers who made it happen! I didn’t take one single photo, ha!! which only speaks to how much of a good time I had!

There are only a few events left this year before we turn the page, and I’ve got a fun new video to share. Here’s what’s happening!

Sun, Nov 20 – The Nature Of Gratitude @ Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR. 2585 Willamette St. 541-345-8986. Nature-inspired authors Eric Alan and Tom Titus will host the 7th annual “The Nature of Gratitude.” Tom and Eric will offer their annual perspectives on gratitude from their own writings and photography, and will embrace the contributions of poet Jorah LaFleur, writer Melissa Hart, with musical interludes by Halie Loren w/Daniel Gallo and Beth Wood. The awareness cause for this year’s program will be the Center for Community Counseling, a Eugene nonprofit organization dedicated to the critical mission of providing mental health services for those with no other means of support. Donations are encouraged. 3-5 pm.

Sun, Nov 20 – Co-bill will Halie Loren @Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR. 2585 Willamette St. 541-345-8986. Eugene favorite Halie Loren is an international, award-winning jazz singer/songwriter whose artistry is versatile, original, and luminous. I’m so stoked to share the stage with Halie again! Tickets $20; drop by the store or call 541-345-8986 to reserve. 7:30 pm.

Sun, Dec 4 – The Glory of Christmas – Oregon Repertory Singers (Special guest soloist) – Portland, OR. First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson St. What a thrill! I will be performing my holiday song LOVE IS LOVE (THE CHRISTMAS EVE SONG) with the Oregon Repertory Singers as part of their Glory Of Christmas concert! Dec 4 only. Special thanks to Naomi LaViolette for arranging this song for choir (remember our duet version we released last year??)! Oregon Repertory Singers is a premier choral arts non-profit organization that performs music both rare and recognizable, encompassing a multitude of eras, languages, and musical styles. Tickets starting at $25 available here. 4 pm.

Wed, Dec 7 – Virtual Song Circle – The Interwebs. Hey friends, let’s gather around for a virtual song circle! I’ve missed trading songs with you, and what better time than these long, dark evenings to gather and share!? Songs need to be heard, and songwriters need community! Let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs. The purpose of this gathering is simply sharing songs with and listening to each other. Attendance will be capped at 10 people, and the circle will go approximately two hours. Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot, and I will send you the Zoom link. There is no cost to attend! Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted (Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or https://www.paypal.me/bethwoodmusic) 7-9 pm Pacific Time.


I’m so excited to share this video I did in collaboration with The Jeremy Wilson Foundation and photographer Norm Eder for JWF’s “Every Artist Has A Story” video series! It was so much fun to team up with them on this, and it’s such a lovely work of art they made. I’d love to hear what you think!?

Jeremy Wilson Foundation does AMAZING work in Oregon and SW Washington to support musicians and music industry workers during times of medical or health-related crises. We are SO lucky to have this organization helping us through hard times as we know many musicians and music workers live close to the bone. Here’s the JWF website if you’d like to learn more! And you can sign up for their email list here.


Have you checked out my new album yet?? I am still SOOO excited about this one! Click on the album image to take a listen! And you can order a CD directly from me here! 


We’re still cookin’ up some fun stuff over at She’s Speaking headquarters! In continuing our tradition of amplifying women’s voices, last month we started highlighting new works from our She’s Speaking artists. Check out our YouTube channel for new songs by Arietta Ward and Jaspar Lepak, with more to come!

And we’re super excited to be performing again as She’s Speaking Live in Portland and Lincoln City in March! Click here to check out our events.


And here’s a little Thanksgiving Day prayer poem for all.


With these cold days and longer nights, I’m looking forward to turning inward and to resting. It has taken me so long to learn how to rest! Is it like that for you?

You may have noticed I am not out and about touring as much, and that is intentional. I have loved exploring what it means to stay in one place and to put roots down. I am no longer interested in chasing after something, but rather in making meaning where I am, deepening connection, and nurturing relationships and community. I’m taking time to make decisions about events rather than trying to fill up my calendar.

I still love music and performing and recording! And I always will. Now I want to do those things in a way that feels healthy, delicious, fun and correct. I’ll continue to keep you posted on happenings as they emerge!

The best way to keep up with what I am creating is on Patreon. Patrons always see and hear stuff I’m working on first, and I send a new song and a new poem each month to patrons before I share it anywhere else. Check it out here! 

Wishing you a time of rest and renewal! With heaps of gratitude from your fan,

B

p.s. Hannah says keep it cozy, y’all!

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com

BW World Headquarters: bethwoodmusic.com

Join my Patreon here!

Here’s my face on Facebook

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I barely know how but here I am on Instagram

Same goes for Twitter but I give up

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Oct/Nov Newsy Newsletter

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

I can’t believe it’s already the middle of October! We are savoring these golden days of autumn here in Sisters, grateful for clear skies and warm afternoons. I know the chill is right around the corner, so it makes every warm flip-flop day feel like a miracle. 🙂

SO many wonderful things have happened since my last newsletter, and I owe heaps of gratitude to many fine folks, including…Tom & Norene, Suttle Lodge, James Casto and the Home By Dark family, Monica Hayes and all magical humans with the Oregon Symphony Lullaby Project, Mark & Jeanne, Sisters Folk Festival and all the wonderful new and old friends at song camp.

It has been so fun launching my new album “Love Is Onto You” into the world! It is available now everywhere you stream or download music, and if you prefer to listen to a CD, you can order one from me directly here.

And here is a lovely article about my new album by our local paper, The Nugget News!


I’ve got a few fun things coming up I want to share with you! I’ll be in Portland, Eugene, and Moab, UT in the coming months, hope to see you there!

Sun, Oct 23 – Songwriters-in-the-Round with Cal Scott & Richard Moore – Artichoke Music in Portland, OR. This long-running series is SO MUCH FUN! Cal & Richard hosted this popular songwriter-in-the-round series for 11 years at O’Conner’s in Multnomah Village, and now they have moved to Artichoke! I have been their guest many times, and we are so excited that we finally get to play together again! 2007 SE Powell Blvd. 503-232-8845. $20. Doors are at 6:30pm, music at 7. Seating is first come, first served. In the case of a sold-out event patrons may be required to share tables. For parties of 4 or more please call ahead to make reservations. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and light snacks are available for purchase in the café. Click here for ticket info.

Oct 30 – Nov 4 – Moab Folk Camp – Moab, UT. I am SO excited to be teaching songwriting and poetry at this year’s Moab Folk Camp! Moab Folk Camp is a community of music and song offering a supportive environment where you can experience the joy of making music and learning new skills in a caring community. YES! Instructors are ​Joe Craven, Cosy Sheridan, Greg Schochet, Susie Burke, Eric Jones, Mandy Danzig, Anke Summerhill, Charlie Koch, Jon Fuller, and lil ol me. Registration is closed, but you can get on a waiting list here.

Sun, Nov 20 – An evening with Halie Loren & Beth Wood – Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR. I’m super excited to share the stage with Eugene’s own Halie Loren, jazz singer and songwriter extraordinaire. 7 pm doors, 7:30 music. $20. Drop by the store or call 541-345-8986 to reserve seats.

Sun, Nov 20 – The Nature Of Gratitude – Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR. Also earlier that same day, I’m delighted to be a part of “The Nature Of Gratitude” hosted by Eric Alan and Tom Titus. This gathering of artists, writers, poets and musicians will offer perspectives on gratitude through essays, photography, song and poetry. Donations welcome. 3 pm.


I want to share a song from our Oregon Symphony Lullaby Project Community Concert! It was one of the most beautiful, soul-filling afternoons of music I’ve ever been a part of! We also had a lovely recording session last month in Portland, and the album will be coming out soon. I will keep you posted!

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Also I made a few videos to go along with the release of my new album! If you haven’t already done so, will you subscribe to my YouTube channel here? It’s free and it helps me get more visibility when people subscribe!

Here is the lyric video for my first single “Love Keeps The Flame”…

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And the lyric video for my second single “The Speed Of Lonely”…

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And finally a wonderful video of my third and final single “Keep The Change” created by Jon Meyer…

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As always, the best way to keep up with all of my new works and happenings is through Patreon. You can become a member for as little as $1 a month or whatever works for your budget! I may be touring and traveling less these days, but I am creating more than ever and I would love to share with you!

Thank you for reading this and for cheering me on through the years! Sending gratitude across the miles…with love from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com

BW World Headquarters: bethwoodmusic.com

Join my Patreon here!

Here’s my face on Facebook

And my face is moving on YouTube

I barely know how but here I am on Instagram

Same goes for Twitter but I give up

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Love this Home By Dark crew in Georgia! We had two AMAZING evenings together in Alpharetta and I’m still floating in the clouds!

I think this tree is singing!

This little rascal still likes napping in the dirt even though I bought her a fancy elevated bed for outside, ha!! Her cuteness absolves all shenanigans…

NEW ALBUM DAY, Y’ALL!

Good morning, friends!

Today is new album day!! I am thrilled to share with you LOVE IS ONTO YOU, my 15th album and a collaboration effort that is dear to my heart.

Click on this link to find the album on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and all platforms for streaming and downloading.

And as I celebrate, I find myself befuddled by this funny music industry. What is an album anymore? What is a release? Who cares, ha!

I am so energized by music and songs and collaboration and community, like a 1000 watt light bulb. And I loooove the format of an album that allows the arc of a story, an emotional and energetic ebb and flow. So I made something and I want to share it with you.

I get tripped up on the language around releasing new music. I don’t want to “drop” anything! I want to envelop it in a basket of marshmallows and feathers and gently place it at your doorstep while you are sleeping so you wake up to something someone made just for you. I want to bow with it in my hands and reach out in offering, showing my reverence and gratitude to you for receiving it. I want to let it go so it can sing to you.

These days I don’t want to push, I just want to let things be. So here’s a little light to pass along from my heart to yours. I am so proud of this collaboration with these amazing folks… Tyler Fortier, Keith Banning, David Jacobs-Strain, Thaddeus Moore, Nate Barnes, Milo Fultz, Pillippe Bronchtein, Brent McGregor, Kara Mickaelson, Dennis McGregor, Sally Sunsten, and all of my wonderful patrons. In the midst of extreme isolation, we made this together, and it feels like a miracle.

LOVE IS ONTO YOU is available now on all platforms for streaming and download. If you still like listening to ol-fashioned CDs, I’d be happy to send you one. You can order from me here!

I hope you like it. I made it for you!

Here’s a little video I made to announce the album release.


Also one more note…I’ve got two shows coming up this weekend in Alpharetta, GA, just north of Atlanta. Saturday is sold out, but there are tickets left for Friday. This concert series is very special to me, and I cherish all the times I have gotten to make music with the amazing musician humans at Home By Dark! This will be an unforgettable experience at Union Hill Park in Alpharetta with lil ol me and the most amazing band ever. Old songs, new songs, laughter, tears, harmonies, and chill bump moments will be happening all night long! Tickets and info here.


Thank you for cheering me on in all of my creative adventures and for receiving my new work so lovingly. And thank you for sharing my new album with your music loving friends! Yours in gratitude and in song,

b

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com

BW World Headquarters: bethwoodmusic.com

Join my Patreon here!

Here’s my face on Facebook

And my face is moving on YouTube

I barely know how but here I am on Instagram

Same goes for Twitter but I give up

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And thank you, Heaven McArthur for the photo above!

New Album Coming Out This Month! Plus…August newsy news!

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers! I hope you are staying cool out there and finding time to play. There is a lot going on here at BW world headquarters, so here goes!

I’m releasing a new album on August 30, WOOP! And I’ll be releasing three singles from that album as we lead up to the release date. Aaaand I’ve got some wonderful events coming up, too. More about all this below…


GRATITUDE: Large heaps of gratitude to these wonderful folks who have made my life more delicious…Jeff & Norm and all at Becker Canyon Driveway concerts, Oregon Poetry Association, DJ Jim & Jive Radio & Cascades Radio Hour and High Desert Music Hall and Dennis McGregor, Don & Wendy & Adrianne & Ronnie & all the wonderful staff and people at Lange Winery.


THE BIG NEWS: A new album coming out Aug 30, woop!! Y’all, I am SO EXCITED to share LOVE IS ONTO YOU with you. I recorded these songs with just me and a guitar here in Sisters at Keith Banning’s studio (thank you, Keith!) as acoustic offerings for my patrons. Then I asked my extremely talented friend and collaborator Tyler Fortier to add some sparkle to these songs. We asked a few musicians (Milo Fultz, Nate Barnes, David Jacobs-Strain and Phillipe Bronchtein) to help us out by recording their parts remotely, and then Tyler sifted through the magic to create the album LOVE IS ONTO YOU. We were never in the same room, let alone zip code, and that speaks to our history of trust. I am so blown away by what these amazing musicians created!

SO…LOVE IS ONTO YOU will be available on all the usual platforms for streaming and downloading and purchasing on August 30. However, I have the CDs in my hands right now! So if you would like a CD, I would love to send you one!

ALBUM PRE-SALE: For a new CD, please send $20 via PayPal or Venmo (@bethwoodmusic, last 4 digits are 0595). Be sure to include your mailing address. And if you would like to buy the download directly from me, I’d be happy to send you the files! Please send $10 via via PayPal or Venmo. Holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you have any questions?

I’m offering this new album free to patrons in whatever format they choose! So if you’re curious about Patreon (a subscription to my music and poetry), now’s a good time to check it out and sign up, and I’ll send the the album as a bonus!

Here is the gorgeous artwork for the front and back covers! Front photo by Dennis McGregor and back photo by Brent McGregor and Kara Mickaelsen.

Click here to listen to the title track if you want a little taste!

And here’s a little lyric video teaser I created for the first single LOVE KEEPS THE FLAME coming out on Aug 2. If you use Spotify, you can pre-save the single here. If not, no worries!

I’ll try not to inundate you with emails and updates between now and release date ha! But I’m just so dang excited.

Tue, Aug 9 – Keep The Change – single release

Tue, Aug 23 – The Speed Of Lonely – single release

Tue, Aug 30 – LOVE IS ONTO YOU – album release

Please follow me on your favorite streaming platforms to hear these new releases when they go live!

AUGUST EVENTS

Mon-Fri, Aug 15-19 – The Nature of Expression Creativity Camp – Sisters, OR. An opportunity for youth going into grades 5-8 to explore art, music, creative writing and nature. Hosted by Sisters Folk Festival. I am so excited to collaborate with amazing artist Judy Fuentes again for a week of creativity and fun! Camp is sold out but you can email dave@sistersfolkfestival.org to be put on the waiting list.

Wed, Aug 24 – The Suttle Lodge – Sisters, OR. I love this stunningly beautiful place in Deschutes National Forest about 20 minutes outside of Sisters! I’ll be playing at the rustic village (near the cluster of little green cabins) from 5-7 pm. Free and no tickets needed. $20 for the BBQ. The guest brewery is one of my favorites, Pfriem Family Brewers from Hood River!

Sun, Aug 28 – Backyard House Concert – Sisters, OR. With Dennis McGregor. A beautiful outdoor house concert hosted by Tom and Norene Gonsiewski! Tom and Norene say…All concerts are held in our yard, 287 W Jefferson Ave., Sisters. All proceeds go to the musicians, you supply your chair, blanket, snacks and beverages and spread the word to your friends. We will supply the space, bathrooms, water and cookies. If you would like to make cookies to share, you are welcome to bring them too. Children are very welcome at no charge, but please leave your doggies at home. Come early and visit with friends and enjoy a cookie, then we can all get ready to listen. Please email us with your intention to come and the size of your party, so that we can save you a space on the lawn! We can comfortably fit up to 90, and we want you to spread the word, so help us reserve your space first! From 6-8 pm. Requested donation is $20 per person.

Fri & Sat, Sep 2 & 3 – Home By Dark at Union Hill Park – Alpharetta, GA. 1590 Little Pine Trail. 678.665.0040. Home By Dark is my favorite concert series EVER, and I am thrilled to return to make some musical mischief with my friends! Since 2007, HOME BY DARK has captivated audiences with one of the most powerful and unique concert events in America. Inviting the best songwriters and musicians in the world to its stage, HOME BY DARK is a Nashville meets New York meets L.A. meets Atlanta, storytelling, romantic, pierce your heart, laugh til it hurts, reminds me of momma, dance in the aisle, that’s my favorite song, evening you’ll never forget. Music starts at 8 pm. Gates open at 6:30. Table seating only. Saturday is sold out. Click here for Friday tickets and more info.

SOME RANDOM PICS

My favorite practice spot…

This is what Hannah thinks of summer…

Well, we didn’t get any pics from our Cascades Radio Hour show at High Desert Music Hall, but we did get to do a photo shoot with the amazing Heaven McArthur! Love these shots…

And I love these pics of Hannah Laroo! Guess what, y’all? Aug 21 will be our first anniversary of the day I brought her home! She has brought me so much joy and laughter and companionship and comfort, and I am SO grateful for this little character!


Friends, I have to say I am overwhelmed with gratitude to still be able to make music and share it with you and to be a part of these amazing concerts and workshops. The music business has always been a mystery to me, and quite frankly it has chafed against my skin like an ill-fitting pair of burlap pants. 🙂 The pandemic allowed me to shift my thinking and my approach, and I’m doing things on my own terms now. I feel like the luckiest woman in the world to have this direct connection with you through music. I hope to nurture that connection for many years to come!

With big heaps of gratitude,

b

Down the road a piece…

Sun, Sep 11 – Oregon Symphony Lullaby Project Concert – Portland, OR

Sun, Sep 18 – Private House Concert – Olympia, WA

Mon-Thu Sep 26-29 – Americana Song Academy – Camp Sherman, OR

Sun, Oct 2 – Sisters Folk Festival Community Celebration – Sisters OR

Sun, Oct 23 – Songwriters-In-The-Round w/Cal Scott & Richard Moore – Portland, OR

Sun-Fri, Oct 30 – Nov 4 – Moab Folk Camp – Moab, UT


p.s. if you want a good laugh here’s our blooper reel from when we tried to make a video to promote our gig last month…heehee

Here’s the June/July Newsy News!

Spring is in full bloom around here, although we’re still having some chilly days and nights! I’m grateful for mother nature and her vibrant colors and hopeful signs of blooming. As we head into summer, I wanted to check in and give you a few updates. Here’s the quick low-down of what’s happening right now, and I hope you’ll scroll down for more details…

–I am loving life here in Sisters! The small-town vibe really suits me, and it reminds me of another beloved town I once called home…Brevard, NC. And my folks moved here to central Oregon, woop!

–Last year I started a part-time job at our local independent bookstore, Paulina Springs Books. It’s awesome! I’m so excited that my role at the bookstore will be expanding to include coordinating in-store events!

–I’m not planning tours at this time, and I will still be playing shows when it feels delicious and wonderful! I’ve got some deliciously wonderful shows coming up!

–I am loving teaching/coaching, and I’ve got a few fun workshoppy things coming up this summer!

Patreon is still the best way to stay in touch, hear my new work, and support my art! (For example I just shared a video of me reading a poem about getting criticism for using too many exclamation points. Can you imagine?!! haha)

–I’ll be releasing a new album soon! It will be my 14th album, WHAAAAAAT?! Can you believe it, y’all? All patrons will get the new album in their preferred format before anyone else!

–Hannah is still insanely cute, and she graduated from Basic Companionship class! We discovered her middle name and it’s ‘Laroo’.

(And thank you, Norm Eder for the awesome photo up at the top of the page! This was taken as part of a project called “The Every Artist Has a Story Project” sponsored by The Jeremy Wilson Foundation… more on that fun project coming soon!)


Here are some fun summer events coming up:

Thu, June 2 – Roundabout Books – Bend, OR. 900 NW Mt. Washington Drive #119. 541-306-6564. 900 NW Mt. Washington Drive #119. 541-306-6564. Please join us at Roundabout Books & Cafe for this in-store event with Editor Kimberley Bowker and several writers involved with The Central Oregon Book Project. I will be reading my poem “To The High Desert Frogs…” in celebration of the book’s release! Free to attend and books will be available for purchase.

Sun, June 12 – Becker Canyon Driveway Concerts – Portland, OR. I’mexcited to play the BCP Ampitheatre for the first time! BCP began as a way to help friends and neighbors survive the Covid-19 lock down blues and to put money into the pockets of our amazing professional musicians. Everybody wins! The series was such a success that it will continue throughout the summer of 2022! 8900 SW Becker Drive. Concerts are free but donations are requested (suggested $20 per person). All are welcome. For more info, email Norm at norme@cfmpdx.com.

Tue, June 21 – Oregon Poetry Association Presents: A Virtual Songwriting Workshop/Playshop with Beth Wood. Are you curious about songwriting? I’m excited to lead this workshop/playshop for writers of all levels of experience. We will start from scratch with writing exercises to get your creativity flowing. We’ll talk about ways to shake the ideas loose that you can access at any time. We will explore how words lend themselves to melodies and rhythms. And we’ll have fun creating something! Hosted by the Oregon Poetry Association, this virtual event is free to attend. Click here for more info and registration.

Wed, July 6 – The High Desert Music Hall – Redmond, OR. 818 SW Forest Ave. 541-527-1387. Jiveradio.org presents The Cascade Radio Hour featuring BW and Dennis McGregor at Ticket link and details coming soon.

Sun, July 24 – Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards Summer Concert Series – Dundee, OR. 18380 NE Buena Vista Drive, Dundee, OR. 503-538-6476. 5-7 pm. Join us for a mid-summer, Sunday evening concert at beautiful Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards! $40 Public/$32 Club Members. Ticket includes first glass of wine. Additional wines by the glass or bottle are available for purchase during the concert. Click here for tickets.

Y’all I’m so excited to be releasing my 14th album soon! Can you believe it?! This has been a labor of love and of spiritual necessity facilitated by the very talented producer Tyler Fortier. The album is called “Love Is Onto You” and I am so proud of this work we did together. Stay tuned for release details! I’ll be making a few hundred CDs for folks who like to listen that way. Here are the front and back covers.

And here is a little taste… a preview of the title track. Click here to listen! 

And last but not least, I hope you’ll consider joining my Patreon community! You can become a patron for as little as $1/month (or for as much as you like!) You can even get a 10% discount if you subscribe for a year all at once. For about the cost of an album dowload, you get boatloads of new, unreleased works and first listen/glance on everything I do! I send patrons one new song and one new poem every month, and it has pushed me to be more creative than I’ve ever been. I hope you’ll consider this option especially if you primarily use streaming for listening to music. Streaming pays artists fractions of a penny per stream, so Patreon is a great way to support artists alongside enjoying the ease and convenience of streaming!

I’m working on a little video to celebrate my two year Patreon journey. Stay tuned for that!

Gratitude…Special thank you to Julie & Gordon, Mark & Melanie, and everyone who came out to our barn concert/benefit for World Central Kitchen!! Dennis and I played music and many local artists donated art for auction. We raised $2,700 for this amazing organization that is providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises in Ukraine and beyond. THANK YOU to our wonderful community for coming together for this event!

And thank you to Lane and Paulina Springs Books for inviting us to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the bookstore! Even though it was cold and rainy, we had a great time. Check out our littlest fan, ha!

Thanks so much for staying in touch — as always I love hearing from you!

May we take good care of ourselves and each other and celebrate moments of joy large and small. I am so grateful to be here making music and poetry, and I hope to connect with you soon!

Yours in gratitude and in song,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com

BW World Headquarters: bethwoodmusic.com

Join my Patreon here!

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April’s Newsy Newsletter!

thank you, Elizabeth Campbell for this cool photo!

Good morning, friends from a beautiful, crisp spring morning in Sisters! These longer days are welcome and the tiny little flowers are lifting my spirits. And the little singing frogs are waking up and serenading us at night! I am reminded that it is a world of wonder, and it is a welcome reminder.

I want to share a wonderful event coming up, and everyone can take part, no matter where you are!

I am SO excited for our She’s Speaking Live benefit concert to raise money for humanitarian aid in Ukraine, and I hope you’ll join us! We will be putting on an in-person concert on Sunday, April 10 to benefit Mercy Corp, a Portland-based non-profit supporting humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, Poland, and Romania and beyond. The wonderful folks at Artichoke Music in Portland (2007 SE Powell Blvd, 503-232-8845) are donating space and hosting our in-person concert as well helping us to livestream the concert to the whole wide internet world! Performers include my fellow co-founders Bre Gregg and Kristen Grainger, Portland singer-songwriter and fiddler Kathryn Claire, Ukranian singer-songwriter Darka Dusty, and lil ol me. All the performers are donating their time, and Artichoke is generously donating space and staff hours and hosting and helping us with a raffle with many unbelievably good goodies! Hammer & Stitch Brewing in Portland is donating beer, yum! SO…

If you are in Portland and would like to attend the live show, tickets are available here.

If you’d like to watch the livestream, you can donate and watch here.

If you’d like to buy raffle tickets, you can do that here. (You do not need to be present to win!)

Check out the amazing raffle prizes here, including a custom-built uke from Luthier Dan Wetzel with the She’s Speaking logo on the headstock, OMG!!!

And here’s what else is cooking in the month of April…

I am so honored to be a part of a celebration of life for my friend Jimmy Landry. On Saturday evening, April 2 at the White Horse in Black Mountain, NC, we’ll gather to sing and remember and celebrate the life of our dear friend. Jimmy was a shining light and a positive force, a friend to all he met, a talented and generous singer-songwriter who impacted my life and the lives of many others. All donations will go to Bounty and Soul, an organization Jimmy loved and supported wholeheartedly. You can watch a livestream of the tribute to Jimmy Landry here!

I’ve got a few spots left for my virtual song circle on April 13 . Song circles are a wonderful opportunity to share your songs in a supportive environment. Holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotamil.com if you’d like to join us! And did you know… you can come and just listen if you’d like?

And I also have a couple spots left for my Virtual Feedback Song Salon on Apri 25. Feedback Song Salons are small virtual gatherings where songwriters can share new work and receive thoughtful feedback from fellow songwriters and from me. We will cap the number at 6 so that each songwriter will have ample time to play and receive feedback. Cost is sliding scale of $10-$25…pay what you can – no judgment! Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot.

And y’all, April is poetry month! I’m excited work with kids in the schools here again to delve into poetry. And I was honored recently to be invited by the Oregon Poetry Association to be a judge in their poetry contest. It was a difficult task but an extremely rewarding one, and it gave me hope that poetry is alive and thriving here in Oregon! So in honor of poetry month, here’s a little poem about the singing frogs, soon to appear in the upcoming Central Oregon Book Project!

Oh what fun we had at The Belfry here in Sisters!! Big love and gratitude to Jenner Fox and his band, to Angeline and all of The Belfry staff, to my sweetie Dennis McGregor for sitting in with me on harmonica! and to all of the folks who came out to celebrate live music in person with us!! It was a magical evening that lifted my spirits to the moon!

There are some exciting things on the horizon, including a barn concert/benefit for Ukraine right here in Sisters on May 21! Dennis and I will be playing and we are so excited for this collaboration with new friends so save the date and stay tuned for more details!

And in Hannah news, she is still and fierce and impossibly cute! After getting to know her sweet, spunky spirit for the last six months, we’ve decided that her middle name is Larue. It rhymes with the “wooooo” she gives out when she’s excited to see someone. 🙂 So her full name is offically Hannah Larue “Pumpkin” Wood, and I couldn’t love her more! Hannah and I are starting our Basic Companionship class in April! Although I think we’re rocking the basic companionship already, I’m excited to learn and to give her new and exciting challenges. Here we are walking along the Metolius river, a magical spot here just outside of Sisters!

Thank you for reading and listening and encouraging and supporting me on my creative path. It has taken twists and turns I never could have imagined, and I am so grateful that you are still with me, so grateful to be making music and poetry and silly little frog poetry videos. If you’d like to hear all of my new work, I hope you’ll consider joining me on Patreon!

Hope to see you in person or out there on the interwebs soon! 🙂

Yours in gratitude and in song,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com

BW World Headquarters: bethwoodmusic.com

Join my Patreon here!

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March newsy update!

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers! (and thank you, Norm Eder for this photo!)

Spring is right around the corner, and there are lots of good things happening here. Meanwhile, these are anxious times for all. I pray for peace, and I will continue to write and sing against the darkness…it’s what I know how to do, and I believe in it with my whole heart.

Firstly, I want to thank everyone who tuned in to my Joyful Measures Livestream concert with the wonderful RJ Cowdery! And thank you to everyone who sent in donations. We felt like we were all in the same living room joying an intimate concert together. We appreciate your generosity so much! If you missed it, you can watch it here!

And friends, the BIG NEWS IS… I am SO EXCITED to be playing a concert onSaturday, March 12 at The Belfry LIVE in person and in 3D right here in my hometown with the Jenner Fox band! It has been so long I can barely remember how to do this, but I’m ready to try! If you are anywhere Sisters or Central Oregon, I hope you’ll join us on March 12 at The Belfry, an old church converted into a venue and sacred space for music. I moved here two years ago and I have not yet played an indoor show. I’m nervous and over the moon excited. I’ve got new songs coming out my ears that I can’t wait to share. I hope you’ll join us! the show will be seated with refreshments available in the bar. 302 E Main Ave, Sisters, OR. 7 pm doors/7:30 music. $20. Tickets available here.

I’ve got a few spots left for my virtual song circle on Wed, March 9. Song circles are a wonderful opportunity to share your songs in a supportive environment. Holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotamil.com if you’d like to join us!

And I also have a couple spots left for my Virtual Feedback Song Salon on Tues, March 29. Feedback Song Salons are small virtual gatherings where songwriters can share new work and receive thoughtful feedback from fellow songwriters and from me. We will cap the number at 6 so that each songwriter will have ample time to play and receive feedback. Cost is sliding scale of $10-$25…pay what you can – no judgment! Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot.

I am so THRILLED to be leading Songs Forever! – a 6-week songwriting workshop starting March 7! This class is full, and I am so grateful to all of you who signed up for believing in me and investing in your creativity. I can’t wait to go on this song voyage with you! If you’d like to be on the email list for future workshops, please holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com.


And finally, this month we are celebrating the one-year anniversary of our launch of the She’s Speaking project. When we started She’s Speaking, we reached out to women musicians we love and asked them to write a song about women who inspire them. We were completely blown away by the result! Over 60 original songs and videos, a super fun livestream launch party, several livestream concerts and a live concert later, we’re still going strong and still working to amplify women’s voices and create spaces where women’s stories and artistry can be heard by all people! On March 8, International Women’s Day, we are going to premiere a short video featuring an overview of the project’s mission and goals and live footage from our She’s Speaking Live concert in Portland this past November! We are also launching a new website here. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate International Women’s Day and our one year anniversary of She’s Speaking! Tune in here on March 8 at 7 pm Pacific time to watch and visit with us in the chat!

And if you haven’t already done so, please follow us Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep up with the lastest updates! (Here we are after our roof-raising concert at The Alberta Rose in November! We can’t wait to do more!)

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And finally, if you’d like to stay up to date with my new work, I hope you’ll consider joining me here on Patreon, where I release a new song and new poem every month. You can join for as little as $1 a month!

I am so grateful — now more than ever — for this life centered around following the winding path of creativity. Thank you for supporting me along the way! I hope I can sing for you or share poems with you soon. And I hope you are finding ways to nurture your spirit in these trying times. Yours in gratitude and song,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com

BW World Headquarters: bethwoodmusic.com

Join my Patreon here!

Here’s my face on Facebook

And my face is moving on YouTube

I barely know how but here I am on Instagram

Same goes for Twitter but I try

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My Feb newsy update!

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers!

Here we are in 2022, and already February has come knocking! I hope you are finding ways to navigate this crazy time we are in! As is always the case, one thing that has kept me going is music. It’s different now making music and not being out there sharing it in the world, but it still such an enormous gift that I am thankful for every day!

In the last 22 months I have turned my attention to internet music-making :), writing, creating songs and poems to share with my Patreon community, and teaching, I have found all of these to be so rewarding and meaningful. So here’s what’s up in then new year…

PATREON. This is hands-down the best way to support my art. It is a community and a subscription to my songs and poems. You can join for as little as $1 a month, and any amount of support is deeply meaningful! Here’s a poem I shared recently with my patrons to give you a little taste of what I’m up to…

JOYFUL MEASURES LIVESTREAM is back! I am SO excited to swap songs and stories and laughs with the great RJ Cowdery on Monday, Feb 21 at 6 pm Pacific/9 pm Eastern! RJ Cowdery has one of my all-time favorite voices! It wraps around you like a warm honey blanket, and then her deep and truthful songs take you on an unforgettable ride from laughter to tears. I’ve missed singing with RJ and dangit, I miss my friend! Tune in on my Facebook music page (you do not have to have a FB account to watch). It’s free to watch and donations are joyfully accepted at… Venmo: @bethwoodmusic Paypal. 6:00 Pacific 7:00 Mountain 8:00 Central 9:00 Eastern

SONGS FOREVER! – A SIX-WEEK VIRTUAL SONGWRITING WORKSHOP launches in March! This inclusive, interactive workshop is a wonderful opportunity to gather with other songwriters, to learn from and support and challenge each other, and to set aside time for creativity. Songs are powerful story delivery systems, and I can’t get enough! Songs help us pass down information, access our emotions, open our minds and move our bodies. I believe that engaging with other songwriters in community is a surefire way to spark inspiration and help us grow in our creative practice. We will work together in a supportive, non-judgmental space to access our unique stories and translate them into song. What are the nuts and bolts of songwriting and how can we utilize them to convey our message? What can we learn from other songwriters? We’ll use games and prompts to spark ideas, and we’ll support each other in guiding those ideas into the shape of a song. We will write, share, listen and learn from each other. Bring your open heart, your open mind and your curious spirit. All levels of songwriting experience are welcome. Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you have any questions. Monday evenings from March 7 – April 11 from 7-8:30 pm Pacific time on Zoom.. Sliding scale $100-$150 (Venmo:@bethwoodmusic or Paypal). Click here to learn more!

Some fun news and a welcome invitation…I just got to sing on my friend David Lamotte’s new album and it was SO MUCH FUN!! What an honor it is to be invited to collaborate with someone whom you admire. I have been walking around singing his songs for weeks now, they’re that good! Here’s David’s website if you want to see what he’s up to. I’ll be sure and share when the album comes out.

I will continue hosting monthly virtual song circles and feedback song salons. Song circles are simple gatherings for the purpose of sharing songs. 2nd Wednesdays at 7 pm Pacific, free and donations joyfully accepted. Feedback song salons are small gatherings to give and receive feedback from other songwriters. $10-$25 sliding scale. These are on last Mondays (except for the March feedback song salon, which will be on Tues, March 29). Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you’d like to join us!

And finally, the great Tyler Fortier is working hard at producing my next album, and I am SO excited to share it with you and with the world! Hoping for a late spring release and I will keep you posted! Here’s a song that will be on it called The Day After Tomorrow.

And on much more practical note, I’m using a new email newsletter service because the one I used for many years got bought buy a company called CovertKit. So as I’m learning to navigate this new program, please let me know if you have feedback about this new format?

As always, I love hearing from you! Wherever you are, may the music flow and may you find ways to keep your spirits lifted. With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com

BW World Headquarters: bethwoodmusic.com

Join my Patreon here!

Here’s my face on Facebook

And my face is moving on YouTube

I barely know how but here I am on Instagram

Same goes for Twitter but I try

She’s Speaking website

She’s Speaking Facebook

She’s Speaking YouTube